The Q&A Archives: Avocado Sprout

Question: I sprouted an avocado pit; when do I transplant it to a pot to grow as a houseplant?

Answer: Once the sprout has developed two leaves, transplant your new tree into a pot filled with regular potting soil and keep it in bright light (but not direct sunlight at first). Once it has adjusted to being in a pot, move it to the brightest location you have. When the stem is about 12 inches tall, pinch out the tip to encourage branching. The result will be a multistemed plant. If you don't pinch out the top, you'll get a tall, skinny, leafless stem will foliage appearing only on top.

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